1,000

Number of sake breweries in Japan today

16%

Average alcohol by volume in sake

13

Rice varieties represented in Vine Connection's sake

31

Number of premium sakes imported by Vine Connections

About Japanese Sake

Brew

  • Sake is brewed like beer. It is not much stronger than one, and it is far less alcoholic than distilled spirits.
  • Premium Japanese sake brewers are family craftsmen. All their sakes are made by hand with little, if any, automation.

Serve

  • Premium sake should be served chilled, never boiling hot. Overheating premium sake destroys its aromatics and flavor.
  • Some serve sake in traditional masu (wooden box cup) or ochoko (small ceramic cups), but no special glassware is needed. A wine glass is recommended to get the full aromatics.

Store

  • Once opened, sake will remain fresh for up to one week.
  • Unopened, it will be most fresh when consumed within the year of purchase.